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Configuration Guide

April 2005

InterVLAN Routing

Establishing Communication Between VLANs

This Configuration Guide explains the concepts behind interVLAN
routing using your ProCurve Secure Router Operating System (SROS)
product. For detailed information regarding specific command syntax,
refer to the SROS Command Line Interface Reference Guide on your
ProCurve SROS Documentation CD.

This guide consists of the following sections:

• Understanding VLANs on page 2
• Understanding InterVLAN Routing on page 3
• Configuring InterVLAN Routing on page 4

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Understanding VLANs InterVLAN Routing

Understanding VLANs
A VLAN (virtual local area network) allows creation of logical subnetworks, broadening your ability to
segment your network in ways independent of the physical setup. VLANs have all the same attributes as
traditional physical LANs, but allow network devices to be grouped together based on organizational
function and application rather than be constrained by geographical or physical location. By creating
VLANs, your switched network can consist of multiple segments, each with its own separate broadcast and
multicast domains. You can set up VLANs either statically (where each switch interface is assigned
specifically to a VLAN) or dynamically (based on MAC addresses).

Incorporating VLANs into a typical network provides benefits including security, broadcast or congestion
control, and management. Through the use of VLANs, users can be isolated from one another; that is, a
user in one VLAN cannot access data in a different VLAN. Also, just as switches isolate collision
domains, VLANs isolate broadcast (messages sent to all users) and multicast (messages sent to some
users) domains. By preventing broadcast and multicast traffic from traversing the entire network, network
performance improves. Additionally, VLANs can be thought of as a limited broadcast domain. This means
that all members of a VLAN receive broadcast packets that are sent by members of the same VLAN. This
logical grouping of users allows easier network management. A network administrator can easily move an
individual from one group to another without having to recable the network.

VLANs can span multiple switches. For example, you could have Ports 1 through 10 of Switch A assigned
to VLAN 100, and Ports 11 through 20 of Switch A assigned to VLAN 200. If Switch A and Switch B
share a high-speed link, then Switch B could also have ports assigned to the same VLANs as Switch A.
See Figure 1 for a graphical depiction of this concept.

ProCurve Secure Router

10 PCs (Switch A) 10 PCs
ProCurve 7203dl Eth 0/2
Secure Router
1 2 3
Stat Stat Stat

Bkp Bkp Act

Power Tx Tx Test

Rx Rx
Console dl
Fault Eth 0/1 wide
dl dl

VLAN 100 VLAN 200

Trunk VLAN 100

Link and
VLAN 200

10 PCs 10 PCs
ProCurve 7203dl Eth 0/2
Secure Router
1 2 3
Stat Stat Stat

Bkp Bkp Act

Power Tx Tx Test

Rx Rx
Console dl
Fault Eth 0/1 wide
dl dl

VLAN 100 ProCurve Secure Router

VLAN 200
(Switch B)

Figure 1. Basic VLAN Configuration

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InterVLAN Routing Understanding InterVLAN Routing

Understanding InterVLAN Routing

In order for network devices in different VLANs to communicate, a router must be used to route traffic
between the VLANs. While VLANs help to control local traffic, if a device in one VLAN needs to
communicate with a device in another VLAN one or more routers must be used for interVLAN

Figure 1 shows a topology where interVLAN routing would be necessary for PCs in one VLAN to
communicate with PCs in other VLANs. The router has two interfaces with 802.1Q encapsulation enabled
and multiple VLANs configured on each. For PC1 in VLAN2 to communicate with PC2 in the same
VLAN, PC1 simply sends a packet addressed to PC2. The switch will forward the packet directly to the
destination PC without going through the router. However, for PC1 to send a packet to PC5, the switch will
have to place a VLAN2 tag on the packet and forward the packet on Trunk A to the router. The router will
remove the VLAN2 tag, determine the appropriate outgoing interface based on the IP route table, place a
VLAN4 tag on the packet, and send it out on Trunk B. The switch in VLAN4 that receives the packet will
forward it directly to PC5.

ProCurve Secure Router

ProCurve 7203dl Eth 0/2
Secure Router
J8753A 1 2 3
Stat Stat Stat

Bkp Bkp Act

Power Tx Tx Test

Rx Rx
Console dl
Fault Eth 0/1 wide
dl dl

ProCurve Secure Router Trunk A Trunk B ProCurve Secure Router

(Switch A) (Switch B)
ProCurve 7203dl Eth 0/2 ProCurve 7203dl Eth 0/2
Slots Slots
Secure Router Secure Router
J8753A 1 2 3 J8753A 1 2 3
Stat Stat Stat Stat Stat Stat

Bkp Bkp Act Bkp Bkp Act

Power Tx Tx Test Power Tx Tx Test

Rx Rx Rx Rx
Console dl Console dl
Fault Eth 0/1 wide Fault Eth 0/1 wide
dl dl dl dl



Figure 2. InterVLAN Routing Topology

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Configuring InterVLAN Routing InterVLAN Routing

Configuring InterVLAN Routing

Enabling 802.1Q Encapsulation

To accomplish interVLAN routing, 802.1Q encapsulation must be enabled. Enabling this option adds a
32-bit header for VLAN tagging. This tag sits in the Ethernet frame between the source address field and
the media access control (MAC) client type/length field. Table 1 shows the commands necessary to enable
802.1Q encapsulation.

Table 1. Step-by-Step Configuration: Enabling 802.1Q Encapsulation

Step Action Command

1 Enter Enable Security mode. >enable

2 Enter Global Configuration mode. #configure terminal

3 Enter Ethernet Configuration mode. #(config)interface ethernet 0/2

4 Enable 802.1Q encapsulation. (config-eth 0/2)#encapsulation 802.1q

Creating a Sub-Interface
After enabling 802.1Q encapsulation, the VLAN sub-interface will need to be created. Currently, Ethernet
is the only media type that supports VLANs. Table 2 shows the steps necessary to create an Ethernet
sub-interface. The description command can be used to help identify the newly-created interface. This
comment line can contain up to 80 alphanumeric characters.

Table 2. Step-by-Step Configuration: Creating VLAN Sub-Interface

Step Action Command

1 Enter Ethernet Configuration mode. #(config)interface ethernet 0/2

2 Create sub-interface for VLAN use. (config-eth 0/2)#interface ethernet 0/2.1

3 (Optional) Add comment line to help identify (config-eth 0/2.1)#description lab1

new interface.

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Assigning a VLAN ID and an IP Address

The next step in configuring interVLAN routing is to assign a VLAN ID to the sub-interface. Valid VLAN
IDs are in the range of 1 to 4094. Use the native option for the VLAN that will be used as the management
VLAN (see optional Step 1 in Table 3). This option specifies that the data for this VLAN will go out

The final step necessary for interVLAN routing is to assign an IP address to the sub-interface. Each
sub-interface will have its own subnet. Step 2 shows the command needed to assign an IP address from this
subnet to the sub-interface. This IP address will be the default gateway IP for the VLAN.

After the VLAN ID and the IP address are set, the sub-interface can be activated using the no shutdown
command. Step 3 shows the necessary steps for assigning the ID and enabling the port.

Table 3. Step-by-Step Configuration: Assigning VLAN Identification and IP Address

Step Action Command

1 Assign VLAN identification. (config-eth 0/2.1)#vlan-id 3

2 (Optional) Assign VLAN identification to the (config-eth 0/2.1)#vlan-id 3 native

management VLAN.

3 Assign IP address to the VLAN (config-eth 0/2.1#)ip address

sub-interface. 255.555.255.0

4 Activate new interface. (config-eth 0/2.1)#no shutdown

Copyright 2005 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.

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